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Vote ‘yes’ for our kids

Dear Editor:

No votes this fall are more important than those that address school funding. Aspen-area students are learning in great schools with effective teachers and terrific programs of all kinds, from International Baccalaureate to athletics and music, to outdoor education and strong academics. This community has a history of providing the support that our schools and our kids need, and we need to vote that support again this fall.

Decisions have never been more critical or more far reaching than now. I am writing to urge all of our Aspen and Snowmass friends to vote for kids in two ways:

1. First, we need to vote “yes” on school funding measure 3A. This will help avoid very deep cuts, as much as $1.6 million, in our school programs that we all care about. This is a mill levy increase totaling $1.35 million, and will help avoid the loss of as many as 21 teaching and staff positions, resulting in larger class sizes and many school programs in danger.

2. Second, anyone who cares about education, both in our local area and throughout the state, needs to vote “no” on “The Ugly Three,” 60, 61 and 101, that would strangle school funding here and throughout Colorado. The impact of these on school funding would be devastating.

Please, get the facts about school issues this fall and vote “yes” for kids: Yes on 3A and no on “The Ugly Three.” The consequences of drastic cuts in school funding will be a real loss to our kids and to the educational future of our Aspen area schools.

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Warren Klug

Aspen

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